It was my idea to visit Ludlow for the day, I haven't been there for years and it used to be a favourite place. Ludlow is pretty, it has lots of history, great shops, wonderful locals and some pretentious idiots.
Or it did the last time I went.........
We headed off from Bridgnorth, laughing about our man from London who reckoned you can get there from Bridgnorth in 20 minutes, not on the B4364 you can't. Helicopter, yeah maybe!
Anyway 40 minutes or so later, we got ourselves a parking space by the castle and started to browse around. In fact, almost immediately we found a fabulous art gallery next to the castle tearooms with two very friendly artists, Amanda and David Gray ( More about the gallery below). David told us there was some lovely birds around the castle if we walked and sure enough there were loads of goldfinches and it was a lovely walk with some incredible views.
I enjoyed looking around the market, in fact I had a great time trying on daft hats, browsing and just enjoying the day.
I had a few laughs with the locals, played at being a tourist although it is not really so far away from where I live myself.
I found a gorgeous shoe shop and regret not purchasing some beautiful leather ankle boots in the sale! But, hey....who needs yet more shoes?
Ludlow is known for a gamut of very old buildings, probably the most well known is the Feathers, which is 17th century coaching Inn.
We were going to find ourselves somewhere to eat but have to say Ludlow is full of nice eateries. However, they can be geared towards the pretentious buffoons (thank you Bird ~ ) and I don't know it well enough to sort out the good from the incredibly priced mediocre!
So we grabbed ourselves a decent cup of coffee from the market and a sausage roll from a very nice deli by the market.
We made our way down to the bottom. From the other side of the Teme river we went and took in the views over Ludlow looking out towards the Clee Hills.
It is remarkable scenery for sure.
From an art point of view Ludlow has some excellent resources. I spotted a very up market gallery in the middle of town that boasted art from some very well known names, for one that of David Hockney ~ but, I didn't dare venture in. I cannot afford art that runs into the thousands or millions! Besides, I am not sure that without belittling anyone that I would want to. There are some beautiful examples of wonderful art at a more affordable price.
One of the highlights of our day was meeting Amanda and David. I really enjoyed their gallery which was affordable but elegant.
Andy treated me to a piece of Amanda's glasswork which I am so delighted with, it is beautiful quality.
But, I also really enjoyed seeing David's work, his renditions of Ludlows buildings were wonderful but I personally really liked his depiction of chickens and doors. Their gallery can be found at the entrance to the castle, adjacent to the tea shop.
Which brings me to my conclusion of the day. It was getting late and the light was fading but I really did love this water mill down on the Teme, it is a piece of art that I would like to have a go at some day.